To rock fans and musicians alike he made himself a name as the guitarist of Meat Loaf during the „Bat Out Of Hell“ tour in 1978. After that he also joined Michael Bolton, but it wasn’t until the mid eighties that he gained worldwide notoriety by joining KISS during their unmasked era for a relationship that was to last twelve years. In those years he put his lead guitar stamp on hits such as ‘Crazy, Crazy Nights’ and ‘God Gave Rock’n Roll To You’. We‘re speaking about the one and only: Bruce Kulick!
Bruce has just been in the studio to record some lead guitar tracks for the forthcoming Rock Opera of Tobias Sammet‘s AVANTASIA project, due in March 2013. Bruce had already appeared on the previous AVANTASIA album while Tobias sang guest vocals on Bruce‘s last solo album “BK3“, which a.o. featured guests such as Gene Simmons of KISS and Steve Lukather of Toto.
Tobias says: “Bruce and I have been friends for some years now, he is a lovely person and an amazing guitarist. It was really obvious I would ask him to come on-board for AVANTASIA once again. Two of the tracks he plays on are more than 10 minutes long, and they include screaming and whammy-bar driven stuff as well as anthemic Meat Loafish type melodies. I love it because it’s got such an old school quality, and Bruce just has it! Class act!“
AVANTASIA will also hit the stages again in april 2013, right after the release of the new CD.
Tobias’ tour management is currently working on a headlining indoor tour for Avantasia in April. They will also play a few chosen summer festivals, and a South American and Asian tour is planned for late summer.
Tobias comments: “I know I once said we weren’t gonna do it again, but then I don‘t see a reason to let this die. I wanna put on the biggest thing you have ever seen, I wanna bring more vocalists, play longer shows, and just make it a giant Rock Opera. I love to headline festivals, you run over people in 90 minutes and kick ass. But I also like to do our own Avantasia indoor tour because we can make it much more Avantasia oriented and play almost three hours without caring about anything else but Avantasia. So we said, we have to do a giant indoor tour as well, and it’s going to happen in April. I am so looking forward to it. The stage designer has just showed me his stage and light design, and it looks absolutely killer. It will be huge. 2013 will be a major year for Avantasia, and people don’t have a clue how big things are actually going to be! I am very excited – the album will be amazingly epic, and the tour will be too!”